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LOOKING FOR AN UPPER-LEVEL ELECTIVE TOWARD YOUR PROGRAM IN LINGUISTICS, SPEECH SCIENCES OR DIPLOMA? CHECK OUT ENGL 324

ENGL 324 – English Corpus Linguistics: What is happening in the English language today?

Term 1

MWF 10:00 –11:00

Do you say:

            I didn’t think it was so funny or I didn’t think it was that funny or I didn’t think it was very funny or I didn’t think it was really funny?

He is more friendly than I remembered or He is friendlier than I remembered?

That was a funner party than I thought it would be?

I must finish my paper tonight or I have to finish my paper tonight?

If I was a bit taller or If I were a bit taller?

Everyone should take their seats or Everyone should take his or her seat?

I have already opened the can or I already opened the can?

The bike wheel sunk into the mud or The bike wheel sank into the mud?

You can’t lay around all day or You can’t lie around all day?

While some of these represent structures that have been treated by prescriptive grammars as “usage mistakes”, others have escaped their notice. All likely represent “changes in progress” in contemporary English. In this course we will study grammatical changes ongoing in English as it is spoken and written in the twenty-first century. Apart from very obvious changes, such as the use of be like or be all by younger speakers as a “quotative” (And he was like, “I’m out of here”), there are many less obvious changes, as shown above.

In order to study such changes, you will be introduced to the methodology of corpus linguistics, including the framing of appropriate research questions, search methods for collecting data using electronic data, and the analysis and presentation of empirical data. You will become familiar with using a number of different online corpora, newspaper collections, quotation databases, and text collections. A set of graded exercises will be used to acquire these necessary skills.

For your final project, you will choose a structure, and using corpus linguistic methods to collect data, seek to understand how it is changing in present-day English.

Required textbook:

Hans Lindquist and Magnus Levin, Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English, 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

 

MIDDLE EAST ENGAGEMENT COLLECTIVE (MEEC)

Overview:

A group of IR and Political Science students have created an initiative to expand opportunities for UBC students to engage with the Middle East in an academic context. They’re hoping to establish a Middle Eastern Studies program, expand Arabic language offerings, and expand Go Global opportunities in the Middle East North Africa region. A short survey has been created for students to express their level of interest in such programs. The survey concludes with a link to their facebook page and website if you’re interested in learning more.

 

TANDEM LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Do you want to improve your French? Your English? Your Japanese? Your Arabic? Or any other language? The UBC tandem Language Learning Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks the language you want to improve and who wants to get better at the language that you speak.

No teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm! Activities and support are provided by a facilitator. The program runs once each semester – this term from September to November. Partners meet for 1.5 hours every week for a total of 9 weeks. You spend half of each meeting in each language – the one you’re learning and the one you’re teaching. In other words, you help each other! This is a fully student-run program, and it’s free! It’s also great for meeting people across cultures and participating in a lot of fun intercultural activities on campus.

REGISTER NOW AT http://tandem.ubc.ca/registration/
For more information visit our website (www.tandem.ubc.ca), like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UBCtandem/) for up to date information, or email us directly at tandem.program@ubc.ca.

We look forward to receiving your application!
UBC tandem team

 

ELECTIVE CREDIT OUTSIDE YOUR YOUR MAJOR

Are you looking for “Electives – Outside the Major”? The School of Nursing is offering the following topical new courses that are open to students in any degree program and have no prerequisites:

NURS 180 Stress & Strategies to Promote Wellbeing POSTER
NURS 280 Human Sexual Health POSTER
NURS 290 Health Impacts of Climate Change POSTER

BA students are allowed to take a limited amount of credit outside the Faculty of Arts toward their degree. Remember to check your Degree Navigator report after registration to ensure the credit applies as you expect.

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS – INVITATION TO MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Welcome to the Department of Linguistics! Your Advisors invite you to meet with them for a one-on-one advising session where you can discuss your program in Linguistics or Speech Sciences and ask any questions you may have about courses and planning your Major. Please contact Wendy Trigg at wendy.trigg@ubc.ca or Hotze Rullmann at hotze.rullman@ubc.ca to arrange a time. We look forward to meeting you!

 

“Linguistics in Industry” video

At the LSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting, linguists from Google, Microsoft, Lexicon Branding, and other leading companies spoke about their work and gave advice to students interested in pursuing an industry career.

A video of this panel has been recorded and posted to the LSA website, where it is available to watch for all members of the Linguistic Society of America. More information and a video link can be found at:

http://www.linguisticsociety.org/linguists-industry-video